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Sahara (2005)

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Master explorer Dirk Pitt goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the "Ship of Death" in the deserts of West Africa while helping a WHO doctor being hounded by a ruthless dictator.


Breck Eisner


Clive Cussler (novel), Thomas Dean Donnelly (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
2,978 ( 191)
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Akuwudike ... Imam
Mark Aspinall Mark Aspinall ... Lawyer
Rakie Ayola ... Mrs. Nwokolo
Christopher Bello Christopher Bello ... Train Driver
Nicholas Beveney Nicholas Beveney ... Gunboat 1 Officer
Empotoe Bosage Empotoe Bosage ... Pick Up Truck Guard
Robert Cavanah ... Captain Tombs
Penélope Cruz ... Eva Rojas (as Penelope Cruz)
Clint Dyer ... Oshodi
Matthew Flynn ... 1st Lieutenant, Ironclad
Paulin Fodouop Paulin Fodouop ... Modibo (as Paulin F. Fodouop)
Ouahbou Houcine Ouahbou Houcine ... Tuareg Village Boy #1
Emmanuel Ighodaro ... Kazim's Officer Asselar
Lennie James ... General Zateb Kazim
Maurice Lee Maurice Lee ... Zakara


Master explorer and former US Navy Seal Dirk Pitt and his wisecracking buddy Al Giordino goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War ironclad battleship known as the "Ship of Death" that protects a secret cargo is lost somewhere in the deserts of West Africa. But while the two cross paths with a beautiful and brilliant U.N. scientist Dr. Eva Rojas who is being hounded by a ruthless dictator. She believes that the hidden treasure may be connected to a larger problem that threatens the world around them. Hunting for a ship that no one else thinks exists, Dirk, Al, and Eva must rely on their wits and their daring heroics to outsmart dangerous warlords, survive the threatening terrain, and get to the bottom of both mysteries. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Dirk Pitt. Adventure has a new name. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Russia]


UK | Spain | Germany | USA


English | French | Arabic

Release Date:

8 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Сахара See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »


Box Office


$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,370,577 (United Kingdom), 10 April 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,068,372, 10 April 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Matthew McConaughey had to wear a back brace after jump-kicking the bad guy off the tower. See more »


When the M3 emerges to fire on the advancing German troops there are only 2 crew members on board. One is driving the tank while the other acts as gunner. First the 75mm gun in the sponson fires, followed a short time later by the 37mm gun in the turret. This firing sequence would be impossible with only 2 men on board as the gunners stations for the 2 guns are, if not widely separated, difficult to traverse between them. Also, the 37mm gun would not be used against personnel as the 37mm M3/M5 gun was a dedicated anti-tank gun which had no HE [high explosive] capability thus rendering it virtually useless against personnel. See more »


[first lines]
Sailor Who Drops Gold: Sorry, captain.
Pilot, Ironclad: It's all right son, just keep moving. That's the future in your hands.
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Crazy Credits

A Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt Adventure See more »


Written by Oumou Sangare
Performed by Oumou Sangare
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records / World Circuit
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing and World Circuit Ltd.
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Splendid adventure film with mesmerizing desert landscapes
27 May 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film starts in the Richmond battle (1865) where a war ship is disappeared and is gone during modern time in that an archaeologists(Matthew McConaughey,Steve Zhan and William H.Macy) are looking for treasures on Africa. A physician (Penelope Cruz ) is investigating about an illness which is killing thousands people . Then they 'll take on ominous villains,evil Arabs,corrupt governments and many dangers until discover the enigmas.

The motion picture blends adventures, unstopped action,humor,a love story,tongue in cheek,tense and is enough amusing. From the beginning to end the adventures,action-packed and the fast movement is continuous, for that the film is pretty bemusing and isn't boring in spite of the longtime, as the run is two hours and some. The starring couple(Matthew MacConaughey and Steve Zahn) make a type of ¨buddy movie¨ both are top notch and very sympathetic.Penelope Cruz is attractive and enjoyable, this is her best film. The support cast is of first range (William H.Macy,Lambert Wilson,Delroy Lindo) and are excellent. Cinematography and musical score(Clint Mansell) is magnificent and riveting. Production design (Allan Cameron) is spellbound and the Sahara outdoors are spectaculars. The final confrontation between the starring and the enemies is breathtaking and impressive. It's a run and mill action film where the comedy and the giggles united to the action make the story very agreeable and stimulating. The picture well directed by Brick Eisner obtained a lot of success and achieved important box office, it was number one in United States and Europe. It's a real blockbuster. The yarn will appeal to emotion and adventure enthusiasts . Rating: Above average. Well worth seeing.

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